written

[ rit-n ]
/ ˈrɪt n /

verb

a past participle of write.

adjective

expressed in writing (distinguished from spoken).
Related formshalf-writ·ten, adjectivepre·writ·ten, adjectiveself-writ·ten, adjectivewell-writ·ten, adjective
Can be confusedaural oral verbal written (see usage note at verbal)

Definition for written (2 of 2)

write

[ rahyt ]
/ raɪt /

verb (used with object), wrote or (Archaic) writ; writ·ten or (Archaic) writ; writ·ing.

verb (used without object), wrote or (Archaic) writ; writ·ten or (Archaic) writ; writ·ing.

Verb Phrases

Origin of write

before 900; Middle English writen, Old English wrītan; cognate with Old Saxon wrītan to cut, write, German reissen to tear, draw, Old Norse rīta to score, write
Related formsmis·write, verb (used with object), mis·wrote, mis·writ·ten, mis·writ·ing.
Can be confusedright rite wright write
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British Dictionary definitions for written (1 of 2)

written

/ (ˈrɪtən) /

verb

the past participle of write

adjective

taken down in writing; transcribedwritten evidence; the written word Compare spoken (def. 2)

British Dictionary definitions for written (2 of 2)

write

/ (raɪt) /

verb writes, writing, wrote or written

Derived Formswritable, adjective

Word Origin for write

Old English wrītan (originally: to scratch runes into bark); related to Old Frisian wrīta, Old Norse rīta, Old High German rīzan (German reissen to tear)
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Idioms and Phrases with written

write


In addition to the idioms beginning with write

  • write down
  • write in
  • write off
  • write one's own ticket
  • write out
  • write up

also see:

  • nothing to write home about

Also see underwrote.

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